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Definition of scandal noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] behavior or an event that people think is morally or legally wrong and that causes public feelings of shock or anger a series of sex scandals to cause/create a scandal The scandal broke (= became known to the public) in May. There has been no hint of scandal during his time in office. a promising career wrecked by scandal
  2. 2[uncountable] talk or reports about the shocking or immoral things that people have done or are thought to have done to spread scandal newspapers full of scandal
  3. 3[singular] scandal (that…) an action, attitude, etc. that you think is shocking and not at all acceptable synonym disgrace It is a scandal that such a large town has no orchestra.
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